“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.
“Plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
In many aspects of life it is important to plan ahead. Whether it is for big things like education, career, and family, or smaller things like your weekly schedule or your monthly budget – having a plan can help life go more smoothly. But in all your planning are you seeking to discover God’s plan for you?
Recently on The Joe Sikorra Show, Joe reflected on how our meaning and purpose can be found in fulfilling God’s plan for our lives, and gave some advice on how to seek and find God’s plan for us.
Listen to God First
If you want to live with purpose and fulfill God’s goal for you, you need to listen to Him first. Your friends might have all kinds of ideas (You should be a teacher! You should be a cop! You should be this! You should be that!) Maybe they’re right. Take in good, wise counsel.
But Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy tells Israel to listen to the rules and regulations he is telling them to follow. Why? So that they could move in and take possession of the land that God was giving them. That was the purpose. God’s purpose for them was to take possession of the land, but they weren’t going to take possession of the land if they didn’t listen to God. And that’s why they walked around in the desert for 40 years. Because God had to train them. To do what? To listen.
Trust in the Lord
Your plans might be different than God’s plans. But you can’t cut yourself off from Christ because then you fall out of grace. You might have to abandon your plans to find your real purpose and design. But you have been given so much more! And that’s what God says, He’s not saying, ‘I’m gonna take it all away. Get ready for a life of misery!’ That’s not what He said.
Paul speaks about this in Ephesians chapter 1. If God provided everything you could possibly need, and you’re thinking about purpose, and plans, and being, where should you go? To God, because He is wanting to give you everything. And He’s letting you in on the plans that He took such delight in making.
It Won’t Always Be Easy
You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. In fact, there are Christians all around the world being murdered for simply being Christian. Are they living outside of God’s purpose or plan? I don’t think so.
Life isn’t easy, but keep a firm grip on the faith because the suffering won’t last forever. It’s not always going to feel good. You might have to pay a price for living how God wants you to live. But God gets the last word.
Let Go and Let God
My prayer and my hope for you is that you have good people in your life – faith-filled people, prayerful people. But you might have a lot of other people in your life who are saying, ‘Here’s how you got to get ahead. You’ve got to go to this school, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that.’
And God says, ‘Not really.’ Here’s what you’ve got to do: You’ve got to give. That’s the way. Generosity begets generosity. … To find real purpose and meaning in your life, you might have to let go of your life as you know it.”
Listen to the full reflection below:
The Joe Sikorra Show airs weekdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pacific on Immaculate Heart Radio.